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Bingo word - March 16
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 16, 2020 3:29am
Available in many hues,
A pinch is all you need
For magic or for good luck
With this you will succeed

And if you'd like to learn to fly
Well, that's another use
You may have special talents
This stuff will help unloose

N - Pixie Dust in Illinois - Come Get Some
Bingo word - March 17
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 17, 2020 4:21am
Off the beaten path in Roscommon
Is a memorial you may think is common
But these women and men
Fought flames time and again
Their bravery was certainly uncommon

B - Michigan Firemen's Memorial
Bingo word - March 18
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 18, 2020 4:07am
This game began with paper and pencil, back in World War I
A simple game of guesses, it proved a lot of fun
In '67 Milton Bradley debuted the plastic set
Red pegs in tiny vessels marked the enemy's threat
And when the game was over, you might have heard a yip:
Oh my gosh, I can't believe it, you sunk my battleship!

I - Battleship
Bingo word - March 19
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 19, 2020 4:21am
Let's mix it up and do a little trivia today:

  • Onscreen Mickey and Minnie never wed, but in 1933 Walt Disney confided that "in private life, Mickey is married to Minnie."

  • Minnie first appeared alongside Mickey in a 1929 short called "Plane Crazy."

  • In a 1930 short cartoon, Minnie introduces her dog Rover to Mickey. Rover was renamed Pluto and became Mickey's pet in a short from 1931.

  • Minnie is short for Minerva.

  • Walt Disney voiced both Mickey and Minnie from 1929 to 1946 because he didn't like any of the other voice actors originally cast for the roles.

  • And my personal favorite, two actors who were longtime voices of the mice, Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, were married to each other from 1991 until Wayne's death in 2009.

B - Happy 90th Mickey: Vintage Mickey and His Sweetheart Minnie

I kept this to myself, but the words I called on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week were all singletons--they each appeared on just one person's card. And today's word? A big fat zero. Not a one of you picked it. You know what that's a Wild Card Day! Drum roll please....

Wild Card - Grand Island East Channel Light (MI)

This gem is located on private property, but you can get a nice view of it in Munising, especially if you're out on a Pictured Rocks boat cruise. SITE Sleuths has a sweet carve of the lighthouse planted in Munising. I just checked, and it's been nearly 10 years since I found it, but it looks like it's still going strong. That makes me happy.
Bingo word - March 20
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 20, 2020 4:01am
Steel barriers designed for protection
Some are hi-viz, equipped with reflection
But muggles don't realize
That they're just a disguise
For boxes within, escaping detection

O - Guardrail
Bingo word - March 21
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 21, 2020 4:00am
On a hot day in June, on the prairie in Greenville,
A circus event was staged
There were wandering actors and photo-op boards
To keep everyone engaged

Merry-go-round animals dotted the trails,
And circus performers too
There was popcorn and snow cones and more circus food,
Those sisters sure put on a do!

And when it was over a storm came along,
A trail flooded over that night
But the intrepid sisters returned the next day
And rescued most all stamps--all right!

O - Big Top on the Prairie
Re: Bingo word - March 21
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984627 by Dawnkey
Mar 21, 2020 7:35am
GypsyLadybug and Cookie Cutter, among our greatest national treasures, to be sure. As people, before letterboxing is even added to the mix. And, no one blessed enough to attend any of their events goes away without a heart full.

Dawnkey, you are on fiyah with these creative reveals.

And this pair of pants is firmly in the middle of this year's Bingo field, which is pretty much where a pair of pants should hit, I reckon :)
Bingo word - March 22
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 22, 2020 3:50am
Good morning bingo fans,

I hope everyone is doing well. It's a bit of an exciting day in Bingo-Land because at long last I've drawn the single most popular term this year. With a whopping 34 picks, exactly two out of three of you have this term on your card. And now, with apologies to Steve Martin:

Wi-Hi (Wi-Hi)
Now when she started boxing
She never thought she'd see
This modest pastime gain popularity
(Wi-Hi) How'd you do that hiking?
(Funky-Hi) I guess it's to your liking
Started in Wisconsin
Moved to Arizona (Wi-Hi)

(Wi-Hi) Now, if I'd known
Your boxes would be legend
I’d have hoofed it to Wisconsin
And found them without question (Wi-Hi)
Written up by Dawnkey (Funky-Hi)
This poem's a little wonky
Started in Wisconsin
Moved to Arizona (Wi-Hi)

N - Wisconsin Hiker

A shout-out to BaliWho, who to the best of my knowledge was the only person to guess that Wisconsin Hiker was the most popular term. And I quote: "I’m going to guess Wisconsin hiker because she’s awesome and has traveled all over this region and exchanged with everybody!" Yup, that pretty much sums it up.
Re: Bingo word - March 22
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984692 by Dawnkey
Mar 22, 2020 5:27am
Hey, not only am I one of the few people I know still going to work, I am in the running for biggest loser....
Re: Bingo word - March 22
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984694 by Mama Stork
Mar 22, 2020 9:43am
Me, too! Working not biggest loser. Stay safe!
Re: Bingo word - March 22
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984709 by 4EyesMcGee
Mar 22, 2020 10:30am
You also!

Expecting to be shut down any day, as we are not essential, so grateful for every paycheck and that my employer is being super accommodating trying to implement CDC guidelines.
Bingo word - March 23
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 23, 2020 4:15am
If we're talking horseshoes,
One point is scored
If we're talking ground meat,
Less fat is stored

But out on the trail
It might be an allusion
To a tree at a tilt--
I'd draw that conclusion!

G - Leaner
Bingo calls still available?
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 23, 2020 5:44am
Hiya team Bingo - can I get a list of what Bingo games are still available?
Maybe this has already been covered and I missed it. But, now that I see I'm 1 away from a straight line I have a "need to know" feeling.
Re: Bingo calls still available?
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984745 by doglvrs
Mar 23, 2020 6:26am
Perimeter is the only interim game left.

Here's the full listing.
Bingo word - March 24
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 24, 2020 3:47am
There once was a bikle named Michael
He was a bikle who loved to recycle
He pedaled trails in the woods
In search of promising goods
While boxers hid plastic from Michael

O - Bikle

In case you're wondering, according to the LbNA glossary, a bikle is a bicycler "muggle" encountered while letterboxing. There was no pronunciation guide, so I assumed bikle rhymes with cycle rather than with pickle. Either way, my rhyming options were limited, so I did the best I could.
Re: Bingo word - March 24
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984785 by Dawnkey
Mar 24, 2020 12:20pm
There once was a bingo caller named Dawnkey,
She wrote poems,
some eloquent, some wonky…
Always fun lingo, for much exciting bingo…
And staying inside for safe bronchi!!!

peace love and virtual hugs to all !!
Bingo word - March 25
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 25, 2020 4:17am
Her very first plant was Sandy Crane
I've yet to find it, but I won't complain
Soon came Jerome the Nomadic Gnome
From season to season his home did roam

Then came the cemetery phase
The Creepy Crawl event sure did amaze
And more and more boxes displayed her art
All the ones 'Til Death Do Us Part

She took a boxing break for five long years
But then she came back, greeted by cheers,
Launching another Creepy Crawl
And 50th birthday events for us all

Her find counts stands at one thousand and two
That is quite the tally to do
And now the finale, this ditty is through
Let's give it up for BaliWho!

N - BaliWho
Re: Bingo word - March 25
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #984825 by Dawnkey
Mar 25, 2020 7:04am
there once was a boxer…
who hosted the creepy crawl,
A carver extraordinaire,
Prepared awesome clues for us all.
Became a friend outside of the game,
Seger concert and more,
BaliWho is her name!

whooo hoo. ❤️❤️❤️
Bingo word - March 26
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 26, 2020 4:24am
Today's word is an event. It's not an event I attended, but I could maybe struggle to come up with some rhymes about it. I decided not to, however, because I don't think any of you attended it either--none of you have it on your cards. Yup, it's a zero term, the fourth one I've called out of five zero terms total. Let's honor it with an anagram instead: BEHEAD BY YUCKINESS.

I - Disney! Buckeye Bash!

And that means we get a wild card today. Are you ready?

Wild Card - Split Rock Lighthouse (MN)

That happens to be another of my favorite lighthouses. I had a calendar showing it sitting atop its rocky cliff overlooking Lake Superior. When the calendar was done I saved the picture and thought how much fun it would be to see the lighthouse in person. And so in October of 2017, my husband and I drove up through the UP, across Wisconsin, north of Duluth, and toured the Split Rock Lighthouse. The funny thing is I thought we were going to a fairly remote location at an off-season time of the year, but there were actually tons of people all around. Turns out it was some Minnesota thing where all the schools are out for a couple of days and families all go on vacation, apparently to the North Shore.
Bingo word - March 27
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 27, 2020 3:14am
Clever picture clue
Square pyramidal tower
Spectacular view

G - Lighthouses of Lake Michigan - Port Washington Breakwater Light
Bingo word - March 28
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 28, 2020 4:54am
Today's mini-lecture,
Please grab a pencil,
Is about a most common
Dining utensil

Often of metal,
With three or four tines
It may be quite plain
Or it may have designs

When it mates with a spoon,
You call this a spork
It's used to stab meat,
Like chicken or pork

Have you guessed it by now?
Then let's pop a cork
And have a fine meal
With a spoon, knife, and fork

B - Fork
Bingo word - March 29
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 29, 2020 4:05am
Letterboxers tend to take sides
When discussing these containers
They're messy and they're full of bugs
Grumble the complainers

But they're cheap to make, say their fans,
And perfect for small spaces
Those are the basic pros and cons
I've stated both the cases

And as for me, I use them some
And I am sorry, man,
But they were good enough for one of the best,
The great Safari Man

G - Planter's pouch
Bingo word - March 30
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 30, 2020 4:17am
The highest honor possible
For a Girl Scout Cadette
Reflecting service to community
And leadership skills, don't forget

This one's in Chandler, Indiana
A lending library for pleasure
If you open its door and reach up high,
You'll find an extra treasure

N - Silver Award
Re: Bingo word - March 30
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #985059 by Dawnkey
Mar 30, 2020 5:33am
Wishing you a Happy AQversary!!!! and Thanks for all the fun!!!
Re: Bingo word - March 30
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #985063 by shooting starz
Mar 30, 2020 6:38am
Wishing you a Happy AQversary!

Thank you! 4EyesMcGee and I went boxing last weekend, making it five years in a row celebrating our co-AQversary. Really grateful for all the friends I've made and places I've been thru letterboxing.
Re: Bingo word - March 30
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #985068 by Dawnkey
Mar 30, 2020 6:35pm
I’ll second that! Happy anniversary my friend!!
Re: Bingo word - March 30
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Reply to: #985086 by 4EyesMcGee
Mar 30, 2020 7:41pm
♡ Happy AQ to you both ♡
Bingo word - March 31
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Mar 31, 2020 3:52am
There once was a noxer named Newt
Who was dragged on his wife's boxing toot
The clues made no sense
Poor Newt felt quite dense
But his wife found the box, how astute!

B - Noxer
Bingo word - April 1
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Apr 1, 2020 3:55am
After three months of this game, I'm thinking about suspending it. I'm getting burned out. The rhymes and the limericks just aren't coming. I can't even do word scrambles or come up with a haiku. I guess I could trudge along and just call the words and forget the rest of it....



Wait for it....




This spirit was once one of three
Boxing with her family
Now she's solo, flying free
Embracing creativity

From Minneapolis to Portugal
She travels the world, enjoying it all
To the theater and concerts she goes
Then dancing--how late?--nobody knows

I - FreeTheGenie
Bingo word - April 2
Board: Region: Great Lakes
Apr 2, 2020 4:03am
Nick Lowe wrote it, Elvis Costello made it famous, and Dawnkey, inspired by Rocket Raider, butchered it:

As I drive through
This stormy land
After boxing at Homer Lake for all the day
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there any chance of finding a good food buffet?

And each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I wanna know:
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and yummy cheese balls? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and yummy cheese balls?

And as I drive on
Through thunderstorms
My dashboard warning light comes on, sometimes
So where are the towns?
And where are the burgers?
And where are the waffle cones?
Sweet waffle cones?

'Cause each time the storm sirens sound,
Just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and yummy cheese balls? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and yummy cheese balls?

N - Peace, Love, and Cheese Balls

I must say I love the name of this box and the story behind it---check it out!